Cherokee Tribune – Woodstock Ward 5 candidates see city the in a different light


Cherokee Tribune – Woodstock Ward 5 candidates see city the in a different light

WOODSTOCK — Ward 5 incumbent Bud Leonard and candidate Susan Jones both have experience on the Woodstock City Council, but differ when it comes to how they think the city is doing.

When it comes to growth, Leonard said that the city council has done a great job in “terrible economic times” the past eight years.

“During these years I have helped guide the city though some of the most challenging financial times in recent memory,” Leonard said. “During these times we have seen the greatest growth in the history of Woodstock while maintaining a balanced budget, without sacrificing city services and without having to lay off city employees.”

Leonard said if a city is not growing, it’s “becoming stagnant and going backwards.”

“Growth in Woodstock is the life blood of the community as a whole and yes, we should continue to grow and insure Woodstock remains a city where our businesses can grow, our children can forge a future and have unlimited potential,” Leonard said. “Our downtown is the heart of the city and if it is healthy, our entire city will benefit.”

But Jones sees the city’s growth differently. She said with the growth, the city has also gotten some problems.

“The city of Woodstock is amazing, with one exception: Roads and traffic should have been taken care of first and then there might not be the extreme traffic problem, which as of now, the roads are to be dug up and some buildings torn down and almost half of the City Park torn down as well. Is this acceptable? No. There has been a lot of carts being put before the horses and it is time to say ‘no more,’” Jones said.

“The Outlet Mall of Atlanta will not have to pay property taxes for 10 years. That would have helped the financial mess that this city is in and also buying a lot, that might be pushing it, two acres for a quarter of a million dollars. Do I need to say more?” she said.

Jones said she is not pleased with how the city has handled the millage rate.

“I am not proud of the 7.889 millage rate, really, just a few years ago after I left the council we were at 5.889, then it all changed and starting going up during the worst recession this country has seen in years and years,” Jones said. “Yet when it hit 7.889 a few years back, it didn’t lower property taxes even if our property value went down. Dear citizens, we need to give this city back to you, because we are elected to serve you and not be self-serving.”

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